Percy L. Young, 96, died peacefully Oct. 13, 2010, at Tall Pines Rehabilitation Center in Belfast, after a long period of declining health.

Born in Rockland June 22, 1914, he was a son of Hattie E. Brown Young. He attended local schools and was a graduate of Rockland High School.

In earlier years he worked at F.W. Woolworth and later for several years at Crie’s Hardware, both in Rockland.

After marrying Lillie York, he made his home in the Midcoast, where the couple raised their family. Mrs. Young died Jan. 10, 1982.

During World War II, he was a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, and assisted in coastal patrols.

A social individual, Percy enjoyed involvement in many community events and for more than 25 years was an active member of the South Thomaston Lions Club, and as a 32nd degree Mason was a member of the Knox Lodge of Masons in South Thomaston. During the 1950s he served as director of Knox County Civil Defense.

During his younger years he enjoyed hunting; but later in life, as an accomplished photographer he preferred shooting things with his camera rather than a gun.

Another one of his passions was his family band, Percy Young and the Stompers Kitchen Band, which included his wife, Lillie, son, Dennis, and other close friends. They often played at area nursing homes and at the Maine Lobster Festival.

Percy’s family said that there was nothing he couldn’t do. A few of his interests included woodworking, making beautiful furniture, hunting and fishing. At the age of 80, he established Young’s Woodworking. He made various types of furniture and novelties that he sold or donated to charitable organizations. Percy was proud to be not only the craftsman of his business, but also the business manager, keeping the books and filing the taxes.

For several years he provided a home and served as a caregiver for several friends and family members.

He is survived by three sons, Dennis L. Young of Thomaston, Clinton L. Young and his wife, Laurie, of Belfast and Richard L. Young and his wife, Patricia, of Lincoln, Neb.; five grandchildren, Jennifer Fitzgerald, Richard Young, Kipa Davis, Lucas Young and Greg Young; 11 great-grandchildren; and a niece, Judy Sinclair.

Friends and relatives are invited to visit Monday, Oct. 18, 6-8 p.m. at the Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland, where a funeral service will be held Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 2 p.m.. The Rev. John Ineson will officiate. Interment will follow in the Village Cemetery in South Thomaston.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the South Thomaston Lions Club, or Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, Donation Department, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104.

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